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On Saturday morning Thailand border crossings with Cambodia and one with Myanmar were refusing to let anybody using the visa exempt entry method enter Thailand, reports also suggest that some people attempting to border bounce to activate the second part of their multiple entry visas were also refused.
The six border crossings between Thailand and Cambodia have all been affected with local variations as to who can enter and who cannot across Ban Pakard/ Phsa Prum, Ban Laem/ Daun Lem, Chong Sa Ngam/ Anlong Veng, Chong Jom/ O Smach, Hat Lek/ Ko Kong and Aranyaprathet/ Poipet.
One visa service operator, who wished to remain anonymous said that the instructions had come from high up in the immigration department and that instructions had been received by telephone on Friday afternoon.
According to a report in AEC News Today “At the Ban Laem/ Daun Lem border they issued visa exempt entries up until 8am, but only for people who had four or less stamps. At 8am they stopped stamping anyone in, whether they had a valid visa or not, and about one hour after that it changed again; People with valid visas were allowed to enter, but no visa exempt entries”
No mention of the abrupt change in policy was posted on the Thailand Immigration Department website, the move catching hundreds of tourists by surprise as well as ex-pats who are required to leave and renter the country every 90 days.
Many believe the situation at the border is due to the Erawan shrine bombing